Bug 235401 - rm can segfault when racing another rm to delete a directory
rm can segfault when racing another rm to delete a directory
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: coreutils (Show other bugs)
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Assigned To: Tim Waugh
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Blocks: FC6Update
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Reported: 2007-04-05 11:54 EDT by David Shaw
Modified: 2007-11-30 17:12 EST (History)
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Fixed In Version: 5.97-12.5.fc6
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Last Closed: 2007-04-19 04:25:06 EDT
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Patch to fix rm segfault (270 bytes, patch)
2007-04-05 11:54 EDT, David Shaw
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Description David Shaw 2007-04-05 11:54:17 EDT
Description of problem:

When deleting a deep directory tree from two different instances of "rm -rf"
simultaneously, one of the instances may segfault.

Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):


Steps to Reproduce:
1. Create a deep directory tree (I used 10 levels deep)
2. From two different command lines, rm -rf the parent directory of the tree
3. Repeat (it requires tricky timing so may not always happen)
Actual results:

One of the 'rm's will segfault.

Expected results:

Neither of the 'rm's would segfault.

Additional info:

The problem seems to be in remove.c:remove_cwd_entries(), where opendir is
called on ".".  If this fails for reason of ENOENT, the function calls readdir
on the NULL dirp.

Patch attached.
Comment 1 David Shaw 2007-04-05 11:54:17 EDT
Created attachment 151772 [details]
Patch to fix rm segfault
Comment 2 Tim Waugh 2007-04-11 07:33:16 EDT
Thanks for the patch.
Comment 3 Fedora Update System 2007-04-18 18:37:45 EDT
Fixed in update: coreutils-5.97-12.5.fc6

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